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Mortimer's Cross

Battle Name : Mortimer's Cross

Date(s) : 02 February 1461

Part of : War of the Roses ,

Outcome : A victory for Yorkist Forces over Lancastrian Forces

Type of battle : Land


The Yorkist army under Edward, Earl of March, deployed his army in a blocking position to prevent a Lancastrian force under the Earls of Pembroke and Wiltshire linking up with Queen Margaret's army. The Yorkist force outnumbered the Lancastrians, who were poorly led, and the battle was won when the Lancastrian centre collapsed.
Yorkist losses were light but the Lancastrians lost over 3000 men in the battle and pursuit.